Steve Levitsky is a professor of government at Harvard University and coauthor of the 2018 New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die, with Daniel Ziblatt. In it, they argue that democracies die not because of revolutions or military coups, but due to the slow weakening of critical institutions and the gradual erosion of political norms.
Levitsky is a former Kellogg visiting fellow and an expert on Latin American politics. His research interests include political parties, authoritarianism and democratization, and weak and informal institutions. He is researching the durability of revolutionary regimes, the relationship between populism and competitive authoritarianism, problems of party-building in contemporary Latin America, and party collapse and its consequences for democracy in Peru.
He is co-author, with former Kellogg Visiting Fellow Lucan Way, of Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (2010); author of Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective (2003); and co-editor of The Resurgence of the Left in Latin America (2011), Informal Institutions and Democracy: Lessons from Latin America (2006), and Argentine Democracy: The Politics of Institutional Weakness (2005). He has contributed to a number of Kellogg Working Paper Series and to volumes resulting from Kellogg conferences, including Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay and Collapse, edited by Scott Mainwaring, former director of the Kellogg Institute (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Informal Institutions and Comparative Politics: A Research Agenda
Working Paper Number: 307
Published: September 2003
Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: The Argentine Justicialista Party in Comparative Perspective
Working Paper Number: 288
Published: July 2001
New Mainwaring Book a Who's Who of Kellogg Scholars
Mar 9, 2018
Scott Mainwaring, former director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, looks at party systems through the lens of the Latin American experience in a new book, which includes contributions from a number of Kellogg-affiliated scholars.
Three New Titles by Kellogg Institute Former Visiting Fellows
Feb 15, 2018
Three former Kellogg Institute visiting fellows have recently published books on topics that include political and ideological polarization, the design of justice institutions in Latin America, and the demise of liberal democracies around the world.
How Democracies Die by Steve Levitsky
Jan 22, 2018
"How Democracies Die," a new book by former visiting fellow Steve Levitsky and coauthor Daniel Ziblatt, has received lots of attention from the press, including interviews with the authors on NPR's Fresh Air and The Atlantic, excerpts reprinted in The Guardian, reviews in the Washington Post and The Times, and opinion pieces in the New York Times, USA Today, Winston-Salem Journal, and Portland Press Herald.